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Commercial Fire Sprinkler System Plans Review R0263

Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Technical
Training Specialist

Keith Heckler

Delivery type
5-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in fire engineering.

This 5-day course will enable students to perform commercial fire sprinkler system plan reviews to allow structured decision-making in the target audiences' real-life job-related situations and responsibilities. These skills are essential to meet code officials' needs so they may conduct reviews and approve plans for sprinkler fire protection systems in their jurisdiction.

The scope of this course spans instruction in the knowledge and skill necessary to evaluate the soundness and code compliance of engineering and architectural plans for commercial fire sprinkler systems proposed as part of facility and occupancy construction plans. The course will enable students to perform a plan review to evaluate the suitability of the fire sprinkler system calculations in accordance with nationally recognized standards for design and installation. In order to view online codes, students are required to bring a Wi-Fi ready laptop or tablet.

Course content covers:

  • Fire protection standards.
  • Plan reading.
  • Parts of a submittal package.
  • Classifying hazards.
  • Water supplies.
  • Sprinkler system components.
  • Remote areas.
  • Evaluating hydraulics calculations.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

The target audience includes fire service prevention and allied public officials who are responsible for the review of plans for sprinkler and standpipe systems in their jurisdictions.

Applicants should have familiarity with fire protection, codes/standards compliance, and fire protection systems and equipment.

Priority enrollment will be given to applicants with any of the following:

  • Completion of Fire Inspection Principles (FIP) I or FIP II.
  • Completion of the Plan Review for Fire and Life Safety course.
  • International Code Council (ICC) Fire Plans Examiner Certification.
  • ICC Commercial Plans Examiner Certification.
  • National Fire Protection Association Fire Plans Examiner Certification.


Students should be familiar with commercial fire sprinkler systems equipment and nomenclature, and have prior experience in fire prevention inspection programs and community goals and priorities and meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
  • Students in the fire service should not have less than three years' experience in either a code enforcement or fire safety inspection/plan review function.
  • Allied professionals should possess an associate degree in engineering, architecture, building design, or risk management from an accredited college.

Required pre-course work available through NFA Online:

  • Q0218 - Testing and Evaluation of Water Supplies for Fire Protection.
  • Q0137 - Hydraulic Calculations for Water-based Fire Protection System Plans Review.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
September 20 - 24, 2021 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
November 8 - 12, 2021 Apply on 4/15/2021 - 6/15/2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 3 - 7, 2022 Apply on 4/15/2021 - 6/15/2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
March 14 - 18, 2022 Apply on 4/15/2021 - 6/15/2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 9 - 13, 2022 Apply on 10/15/2021 - 12/15/2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 18 - 22, 2022 Apply on 10/15/2021 - 12/15/2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 26 - 30, 2022 Apply on 10/15/2021 - 12/15/2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland